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The feminine form of the Greek name Teiresias (Teereseeas in Greek), a famous oracle of Greek mythology.
Damis  3/1/2005
The name of saint Therese of Lisieux. She was French and a Carmelite nun. She is often associated with roses.
Lissie  5/20/2005
Correct French pronunciation is ter-EZ.
mariej2  6/19/2005
I'm pretty sure it is tay-REZ. I like this name better than Theresa.
― Anonymous User  4/2/2007
I am positive that it's pronounced ter-EZ.
― Anonymous User  4/22/2007
Actually, judging by the placement of the accents, it should sound a bit more like TAY-res (instead of -rez), but I could be wrong.
echo_of_the_past  10/10/2005
Trendy name of the 1980's in Sweden, spelled in a hundred different ways. Tessan is a common nick name.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2005
Beautiful name, but if I named my child this name I wouldn't use the accent marks.
― Anonymous User  7/27/2006
Thérèse DeFarge was a villain in A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickins; her father and her older brother and sister murdered by the Marquis St. Evremonde, Therese vows revenge on the whole family of St. Evremonde, even upon the nephew of the Marquis, Charles Darnay, and his wife, Lucie Manette-Darnay (who is pregnant with their child), who are innocent of crime; Mme. DeFarge's reasoning being the the sins of the parents will pass on to their children, although she ultimately fails to see the true evil that her desire for revenge has released from her.
gaelruadh19  1/1/2007
"Thérèse" may also be pronounced "thay-REZ" (note the inclusion of the "h" - implies that it isn't a silent "h"). (The letter "é" should be pronounced with an "ay" sound, while "è" is pronounced almost like the word "air".)
seraphine_eternal  6/13/2007
In the French spelling of Therese, the first accent over the first e is called accent aigu, which means acute. It is pronounced shortly and bright. The second accent over the second e is called an accent grave, which is almost but not quite a hard A. The correct pronunciation of Therese is ta-rez. It is also often pronounced Ta-Raiz. It is hard for English speakers to get it just right. But I have never heard Tay-rez, that is clearly incorrect, as is thay-rez.
stagirl  9/5/2007
My interpretation of your pronunciation can't be right - I'm perceiving your prescribed pronunciation to be "tar" (as in English) with an "ez" (as in "fez") ending. Please correct me if that shouldn't be the case.
Alternatively, I have a feeling you might be using the letter "A" to denote a vowel that should be pronounced in exactly the same manner, in which case we'd both be correct; I was following the pronunciation guide, and hence denoted the first vowel as an "ay" - it's closest to that, or so I feel.
seraphine_eternal  8/22/2009
Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland (Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine; born 10 June 1982) is the youngest child and second daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.
― Anonymous User  9/30/2008
It is a beautiful name. St. THÉRÈSE has been a role model for me since I can remember. The accents make it more pronounced as a French name. Without the accents it would not bear the same pronunciation. It is very classic and mature but also fit for young children.
― Anonymous User  8/6/2010
Marie Thérèse (1667-1672) was the daughter of King Louis XIV of France and his wife Maria Teresa.
CarolinW  6/13/2012
Thérèse (1736-1744) was the daughter of King Louis XV of France and his wife Maria Karolina.
CarolinW  6/13/2012
Marie Thérèse was the oldest daughter of King Louis XV and his wife Marie Antoinette. She was the only of her family to survive the French Revolution.
CarolinW  6/13/2012
Marie Therese (1783-1783) was the daughter of King Charles X of France and his wife Maria Teresa.
CarolinW  6/18/2012
My name is Thérèse (note accents) and it has always been pronounced ta-RAZE. Obviously this is the way I prefer it to be pronounced and my French friend told me that this was probably the closest English equivalent to the French. Maybe this is just the Aussie way to say it, but I like it- it's an absolutely gorgeous name.
― Anonymous User  4/21/2014
My grandmere's name was Therese. She was born and lived in France her whole life. She pronounced it Tay Rez. NOT Thay Rez! If you people are not French please try not to act as if you're experts! It's insulting and annoying.
Dominique  9/24/2016

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